Title: Stray Dogs #1
Words: Tony Fleecs
Art: Trish Forstner
Colors: Brad Simpson
Published: February 24, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs: It’s scary being the new dog. Sophie can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…WAIT! Where’s her lady? A five-issue Don Bluth-style suspense thriller by My Little Pony comic artists TONY FLEECS and TRISH FORSTNER, STRAY DOGS is Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.”
Stray Dogs is about recues, all in a big house and all safe. They are all good dogs, obey their master, sleep in the sun, and play in the backyard. But the addition of a new member makes them wonder if what she says is true. What if the master wasn’t the benevolent figure they all believe? There is mystery and suspense, and it will take the combined effort of all the furry friends to find out what is really going on and make things right.
In Stray Dogs Tony Fleecs knows how to tug at the heart strings. Sophie is a perfect little lap dog, thrown into peril and as such a completely sympathetic character. The audience is on her side before her first word, and the story only gets better from there.
The marvelous cutesy depictions of each adorable canine belie the absolute terror lurking behind the normal. If the dogs weren’t rendered with such innocence, the story would not work as well as it does. Trish Forstner and Brad Simpson have done an excellent job with that.
The Bottom Line
Stray Dogs is a delightful story in contrasts. The best of the good dogs have to solve a mystery, and I’m all in from the moment it starts.